Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal box stolen in Dorset

The two charity box theft suspects
Image caption Police have released CCTV images of two suspects believed to be involved with the theft

A Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal charity box has been stolen from a shop in Dorset, despite being chained to the counter.

Police have released CCTV images of a man and a woman who they believe were involved in the theft from the Tesco Express shop in Moordown on Sunday morning.

The exact amount of cash that was stolen is not known.

Sgt Andy Edwards said it had been a "heartless act".

The north Bournemouth deputy neighbourhood inspector said a man had gone into the shop and cut a chain to release the charity collection box.

He hid the box under his jacket and left.

"This was a despicable and callous theft and I am committed to bringing those responsible to justice," he said.

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